The daily infliction of death in Syria has gone on for so long, it rarely makes headlines. But when horrific images of children reacting to a deadly chemical weapons attack emerged, the world reacted in horror, reminded of the inhumanity still plaguing the country. For President Trump, who had long accused his predecessor of being “weak”, this was the time for a military strike: He ordered the launching of several dozen cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase where he said the chemical attack was launched from a few days earlier. The US strike reportedly killed 6 people and disabled the airbase, to a mixture of praise and condemnation from across the world. Interestingly enough, this marks a complete reversal on Trump’s part from a few years earlier. When President Obama was considering the same action in response to another chemical attack in 2013, Trump tweeted “do not attack Syria” at the President, and said congressional approval was required before such a strike (which in this case he did not seek). In response to the US strike, Russia suspended its cooperation with the US in Syria, and vowed to “increase the effectiveness” of Assad’s air defenses. Whether this marks the beginning of a new phase in the Syrian tragedy is still unclear, but what is clear is that an end to the horrors of the Syrian people couldn’t come soon enough.

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